2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE Toasts to Acclaimed Winemaker Marchese Piero Antinori and Renowned Chef Charlie Trotter

The 11th Annual Tribute Dinner Took Place Saturday, February 25 at the Loews Miami Beach

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2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE Toasts to Acclaimed Winemaker Marchese Piero Antinori and Renowned Chef Charlie Trotter
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(Left to Right): Anthony Bourdain, Piero Antinori, Charlie Trotter (Photo credit: Seth Browarnik/World …

MIAMI BEACH, FL--(Marketwire -03/02/12)- Dedicated wine and culinary enthusiasts, as well as friends and colleagues from the industry, all raised a glass this past weekend to Marchese Piero Antinori and Chef Charlie Trotter at the Loews Miami Beach for an unprecedented celebration. The Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America, and part of The New York Times dinner series, was part of the 11th Annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.

"It was a true honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Festival," said Marchese Piero Antinori, whose family has been making wine in Italy for more than 625 years and 26 generations. "The evening was very special for me -- a chance to connect with old and new friends over a delicious dinner prepared by some of the top chefs in America alongside our family's wines."

"To be honored alongside Piero Antinori and to be recognized in the esteemed company of past honorees such as Ferran Adrià and Alain Ducasse is incredibly gratifying," replied Charlie Trotter. "As I look to August and the celebration of my 25 years in the industry, this evening will be one of my most memorable distinctions."

The evening was emceed by author and host of Travel Channel's No Reservations Anthony Bourdain and included a random act of culture by the Florida Grand Opera. All participating chefs were presented with a personalized gift from Maximilian Riedel and Hublot provided an exquisite timepiece for honoree Charlie Trotter. The menu and wine pairings were as follows:

Reception hosted by Maxime Bilet (Modernist Cuisine)
Pea Butter Toast
Walnut bread, Centrifuged Peas
Caramelized Carrot Soup
Pressure Caramelization, Coconut Cream, Chaat Masala
Short Rib Pastrami
Pressure Cooked Mustard Seeds, Fresh Wasabi, Black Bread
Pistachio Gelato
Constructed Cream, Amarena Cherries
Montenisa Brut Franciacorta DOCG

Dinner
Tin of Sin
Petrossian Alverta Caviar with Peekytoe Crab and Cucumber Rillette
Patrick O'Connell (The Inn at Little Washington)
2009 Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay Umbria IGT
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Florida Shrimp and Blue Crab "Pastel de Choclo"
with Saffron, Citrus and Hearts of Palm
Norman Van Aken (TUYO)
2009 Cervaro Della Sala Umbria IGT

Winter Truffle Stuffed New Potato
with truffle emulsion and confit of wild mushroom
Emeril Lagasse (Emeril's)
2010 Guado al Tasso Vermentino Bolgheri DOC

Mediterranean Bass
rutabaga, forbidden rice, white chocolate-green olive
Wylie Dufresne (wd ~50)
2007 Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
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Beef Rossini "à l'Américaine sans Foie"
Filet of Beef, Potato Confit, Porcini Fricasée, Périgord Truffles, Pancetta Crisp, and Chianti wine reduction
Frederic Delaire (Loews Miami Beach)
2007 Tignanello Toscana IGT
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Chocolate Crémeux
Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart Bakery)
2007 Muffato della Sala Umbria IGT

Godiva Ultimate Dessert Truffle Collection

Artisanal Breads
Jean-Paul Veziano

Save the date -- next year's Festival will take place February 21 - 24, 2013 and will honor revered Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Matsuhisa, a classically trained sushi-chef who embraces cultural influences from places such as Peru and Argentina, is the acclaimed and highly influential chef proprietor of Nobu Matsuhisa and Ubon restaurants located across three continents. Fans can follow Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager throughout the year on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Lee_Schrager or at the Festival's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SOBEWFF.

About the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world's greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers.

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is produced by Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit www.sobewineandfoodfest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit www.fiu.edu, for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management visit www.hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Wine & Spirits visit www.southernwine.com.

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